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Over £4m for marine and tidal energy sector

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£4.5m of EU and Welsh Government funds have been announced to help boost the marine and tidal energy sector in North Wales.

The funding will support Mentor Môn’s £5.6m Morlais scheme which aims to accelerate the development and commercialisation of several tidal stream technologies in the Morlais Demonstration Zone off Anglesey.

The energy generated from wave and tidal flows can play a major role in delivering our ambitions for a Welsh low carbon economy as well as creating sustainable jobs and growth.

Wales’ coastline means we are well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the blue economy, which is why the Welsh Government is committed to supporting the creation of new tidal demonstration zones that will help industry develop and test new and innovative tidal and wave technologies for commercial success.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy Secretary


'World's first': £38m technology deal to be signed

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A signing ceremony will take be held today to rubber stamp the development of a compound semiconductor industry cluster in South-East Wales.

The signing follows an agreement in May by the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) Regional Cabinet to contribute £37.9 million from the CCR City Deal’s Wider Investment Fund to establish a facility for the production of compound semiconductors.

They could be used in robotics, 5G communications and driverless cars.

Compound semiconductors are at the heart of many devices we use today, from smart phones to tablets and satellite communication systems. It is an area of UK strength and today’s confirmation of the development of a cluster of excellence in Wales reinforces our own strong position in the growth of this important and growing technology.

Of course, government does not create innovation, but it can be a catalyst to getting the scientists and engineers, the designers and the entrepreneurs together to make it happen.

This collaboration is important because innovation is a shared endeavour and I look forward to seeing the cluster take shape and create a lasting engineering and manufacturing legacy in Wales

– Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales

Carrier formally named Prince of Wales today

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The Royal Navy's second aircraft carrier will be formally named after the Prince of Wales today.

Work on the under-construction ship has been halted for the naval tradition which dates back thousands of years and combines a celebration with a solemn blessing.

The naming will be carried out by the Duchess of Cornwall, the ship's sponsor, with a bottle of whisky to be smashed against HMS Prince of Wales at the ceremony in Rosyth Dockyard, Fife, where the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier is being fitted out.

Seeing our sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth make her debut in Portsmouth last month was an amazing sight and I look forward to one day bringing HMS Prince of Wales home to the same warm welcome.

Until then the ship's company in Rosyth will continue to grow and they have much to be proud of in all the work they have done so far, working with our civilian industry partners to bring this ship to life.

– Captain Stephen Moorhouse


Cardiff Racing’ team make history by picking up Formula Student 2017 title at Silverstone

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Cardiff University’s student racing team have won the annual Formula Student competition at Silverstone, becoming the first UK winners in the competition’s 19-year history.

The ‘Cardiff Racing’ team, made up of 56 students from the University’s School of Engineering, beat off competition from over 100 university teams from around the world.

Throughout the weekend, the building and engineering skills of the students were put to the test as the car went under scrutiny by the judges, before the students took their car onto the track to perform a number of speed and agility tests.

The Formula Student event is a fantastic and highly competitive competition. It takes considerable dedication, hard work and skill to win such an event and we could not be more proud of our students for this achievement. We are quite simply blown away.

– Dr Mark Eaton, Cardiff University

UK's remotest village now has full mobile connectivity after 18 months

Dubbed the remotest village in the UK, Staylittle in Powys now has full mobile connectivity after being cut off for more than 18 months.

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Staylittle, near Newtown, has had no mobile connectivity or broadband internet since 2015 after the line went down.

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The village now has full 3G and 4G coverage after a permanent mobile phone mast was erected. Residents and campaigners have described it as "a huge, positive change for the village".

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